Be an Emosi champion

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Story by Graham Parker | Photo courtesy of Ellesmere Children’s Centre

A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched to support a much needed new children’s services in Burngreave.

Emosi (which means “emotions” in several languages) is a new purpose-built centre which will host specialist play therapy and assessment for children with emotional and behavioural needs. The new centre is in the former caretaker’s house of Ellesmere School and was converted at a cost of nearly £185,000. It is part of Ellesmere Children’s Centre, which has been providing pre-school care and education for children for more than 23 years and has been recognised internationally for the approach it takes in developing children.

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Dr. Sharon Curtis has been the centre manager for over 20 years and is leading the campaign to raise the funds. Sharon says:

“On average, three children in every classroom will have an unrecognised mental health issue – they all suffer in silence. We want to stop that happening with our children in Burngreave.

“We plan to provide support for pre-school to 12-year-old children from all walks of life, communities and cultures which are struggling to engage with their families, schools and the wider community due to emotional challenges over which they have no control.

“We have the facilities but we need to raise £60,000 to pay for a team of professional therapists who will work with our children, understand their needs and provide them and their parents or carers with a structured plan of support and care that will help them overcome their challenges.

“The centre is reaching out to local businesses asking them to provide support by becoming an Emosi Champion and pledging support for the campaign.”

To donate to the campaign go to:

www.gofundme.com/emosi-changing-children039s-lives

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